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  • Taiwan Buddhists transform plastic waste

    Taiwan Buddhists transform plastic waste
    Millions of discarded plastic bottles that might normally land in Taiwan's trash are being diverted into the hands of Buddhists, becoming items of transformation — although not of a strictly spiritual nature.
  • Groups trying to scrub exfoliating microbeads from store shelves

    Groups trying to scrub exfoliating microbeads from store shelves
    You know those colorful, plastic, exfoliating microbeads suspended in hundreds of face and body washes, scrubs and toothpaste? They can pollute waterways and poison fish and birds. Environmentalists, politicians and others, including groups in Los...

    In Nigeria, child beggars are easy recruits for Boko Haram extremists

    In Nigeria, child beggars are easy recruits for Boko Haram extremists
    They scurry between vehicles in the traffic-choked cities of northern Nigeria, small boys in tattered clothing armed with begging tins. Known as the almajiri, the youngsters, some no older than 5, have flooded the streets for the nearly 15 years since a...

    Game That Began With Bottlecaps Becomes Two Friends' Livelihood

    Game That Began With Bottlecaps Becomes Two Friends' Livelihood
    FARMINGTON — When Mike Cheshire and Tom Aiezza were boys here in the 1990s, they wanted to find a way to throw a Frisbee indoors without breaking anything. They tried jar lids. They tried bottle caps, shaving bits from the sides or tops. They...

    To heal the Earth, put plastic in its place

    To heal the Earth, put plastic in its place
    Tens of thousands of volunteers in California gather regularly at local beach and coastal cleanups in an effort to reduce trash flows that contribute to the rising amount of marine debris. These efforts make a difference and help heighten civic...